Full Submersion: ‘Night Water Butterflies’ Club

A sauna, a portable hot tub, a campfire, and a hole cut in the lake ice — those are the ingredients for the Night Water Butterflies, a group in Minneapolis that gathers each month over the winter to plunge into dark, icy water for a shock of reality in the arctic climate of the North.

We took part in the February event, interviewing Night Water Butterflies’ founder Sveta Vold, a transplant from Belarus, and one of her partners in polar crime, Garrick Yoong.

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Jump into the icy waters with them in this video, shot and edited by Erik Nelson as a part of a new series, GearJunkie TV.

–See last month’s episodes, “10 Years Of Fat Biking” and “Winter Camping: How To Stay Warm.”